Devin McKenzie is a librarian that likes to solve puzzles, she’s pretty good at it, actually she’s really good at it. For her birthday her mother sends her an ‘unsolvable’ puzzle which she takes care of pretty quickly, this alerts a group of the greatest thinkers in the world who decide they need to recruit her. About the same time a masked crime fighter breaks in and saves her from many men with guns. From there it’s a case of being chased after and running for her life while trying to figure out which side is good and which is bad. Eventually she falls in with a group of highly intelligent people, everyone there seems happy but there certainly seem to be something wrong with the place. Soon she finds out she’s in bigger trouble than she ever thought and it just keeps going downhill from there. This is a four issue series published by Dark Horse, Written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Mike Norton. I enjoyed this way more than I had expected to. I tore through these four issues in no time. The story not only sucks you in pretty quickly but there’s plenty to keep you guessing so you don’t feel bored or think you know how everything is going to end. I’d say The Answer! is highly recommended.
The Black Well is a comic by Jamie Tanner, and it’s a strange one. It parts to it that seems to be their own thing yet still connected. There’s a man with a dog’s head, a disappearing woman, a headless vampire and a strange doctor. Overall the only part I really found interesting was the man with the dog head, and even that started to run stale, mostly I think because it kept getting intercut with all this other stuff that I didn’t really care about. The best thing about this book is probably the art, it’s simple but I really liked it a lot. The Black Well isn’t for everybody, most likely just people that like the really strange stuff will be into this, so if you’re not prepared for that don’t waste your time.
The Underwater Welder is a story by Jeff Lemire, the man behind the brilliant comic ‘Sweet Tooth’. There’s an introduction by Damon Lindelof basically calling this the best episode of the Twilight Zone never made. I don’t think I agree with that but I certainly agree with the Twilight Zone connection, it’s a weird story for sure that seems like it’d be right at home with that series. Jack Joseph is an Underwater Welder; he’s got a pregnant wife at home and goes out for another job before the baby is born. When he’s underwater he finds a pocket watch that his father gave him long ago, from that point on things get strange. Jack is taken through a world where no one is around for a while and also explores the mystery of his father’s disappearance/drowning many years ago. The art looks a lot like Sweet Tooth, which I guess makes sense though I don’t think it works quite as well for this book but really that’s my only complaint. For people that like strange stories this is one you should enjoy.
Robocop wakes up in a Skynet future where he is forced against his will to kill the last human alive. This prompts him to travel back in time to stop Skynet. With the information he has available to him he is able to travel back to key moments in time, alter parts of history to give him a leg up in his fight. He also finds Sarah and John Connor in order to protect key people in this fight. This four part series isn’t the first time Terminator and Robocop have crossed over in the comic book world but in my eyes it is certainly the best. This totally sucked me in from not only the first issue but the first page; I’ll even go as far to say this is the best cross over that I’ve read in a long time. It’s even got a totally ‘oh shit’ ending. This is a must read for anyone who’s into Robocop or the Terminator series.
Written and drawn by Faith Erin Hicks, and published by Dark Horse Comics, Adventures of Superhero Girl takes a more down to Earth look at superheroes, specifically one, Superhero Girl. She’s twenty, has a roommate, no job, no fancy costume, no arch nemesis but she’s got a cape and powers. This little book is a hundred and fifteen pages but it’s in sort of a web comic format so it goes pretty quick. You find Superhero Girl is just trying to fight crime (and ninjas) but gets no respect doing so; she gets kicked out of school and has run out of money so now she needs a job to pay rent. Her older brother is also a hugely popular super hero, so that’s kind of annoying. This book shows the humor side of being a super hero without it being a total joke. It’s a nice little book that just makes you smile when you’re reading it. Recommended for fans of humor comics and superheroes.